Young Conservatives of Texas PAC Endorse Candidates in General Election

Press Releases / October 15, 2012


October 15, 2012

Contact: Elliott Griffin, Vice Chairman of External Relations
Mobile: (512) 970-9944
Email: [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX —Young Conservatives of Texas PAC, an independent, non-partisan, conservative grassroots organization announced its full slate of state and federal endorsements for the 2012 general election.

“This year’s extremely competitive primary and runoff has given Texas voters a great slate of candidates to choose from when casting their ballots this November,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris. “These candidates are now in the final stretch of their races and we need to send these great conservatives to both Washington D.C. and Austin.”

Because of the uncertainty and delays caused by redistricting, YCT has been involved in several of these races for a year or even longer. The delayed primary actually acted in the favor of several of these candidates, giving them much needed time to increase their name recognition and support amongst Texas voters.

“It is exciting to see the voters of Texas choose so many conservative candidates around the state,” said Tony McDonald, Senior Vice Chairman. “It really shows that grassroots organizations, like ours, are truly making a difference and educating the electorate as a whole on the conservative candidates to rally behind.”

YCT, which was founded in 1980, issues the most respected ratings of the state legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the last 19 legislative sessions. YCT has chapters at universities across Texas. To learn more about YCT, their legislative ratings, or their endorsements visit

YCT only endorses in contested races. The full list of general election candidates that have earned YCT’s endorsement are:

Senator: Ted Cruz

TX-14: Randy Weber
TX-18: Sean SeibertTX-23: Quico Canseco
TX–34: Jessica Puente Bradshaw

SD-8: Ken Paxton
SD-9: Kelly Hancock
SD-10: Mark Shelton
SD-11: Larry Taylor
SD-20: Raul Torres
SD-25: Donna Campbell

HD-8: No-endorsement*
HD-14: John Raney
HD-15 Rob Thomas
HD-17: Tim Kleinschmidt
HD-23: Wayne Faircloth
HD- 24: Greg Bonnen
HD-26: Rick Miller
HD-29: Ed Thompson
HD-34: Connie Scott
HD-43: J.M. Lozano
HD-45: Jason Isaac
HD-64: No-endorsement*
HD-65: Ron Simmons
HD-74: Thomas Kincaid
HD-85: Phil Stephenson
HD-93: Matt Krause
HD-97: Craig Goldman
HD-99: No-endorsement*
HD-102: Stefani Carter
HD-107: Kenneth Sheets
HD-125: Alma Jackson
HD-134: No-endorsement*
HD-135: Gary Elkins
HD-136: Tony Dale
HD- 144: David Pineda
HD-149: Dianne Williams

District 1: Charlie Garza
District 3: David Williams
District 4: Dorothy Olmos
District 5: Ken Mercer
District 6: Donna Bahorich
District 7: David Bradley
District 8: Barbara Cargill
District 9: No-endorsement*
District 11: Pat Hardy
District 12: Geraldine Miller
District 15: Marty Rowley

*No Endorsement means YCT PAC was not able to ascertain enough information regarding the political philosophies of the candidates in the race or that of candidates reviewed or interviewed, none of the candidates were in
agreement with the political philosophy of Young Conservatives of Texas. YCT PAC only endorses in contested elections.

YCT PAC is the political arm of Young Conservatives of Texas, a non-partisan organization which has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 19 legislative sessions. For a full list of YCT’s endorsements, please visit


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